Copper-doped silica materials silanized with bis-(triethoxy silyl propyl)-tetra sulfide for mercury vapor capture

D. E. Meyer, N. Meeks, S. Sikdar, N. D. Hutson, D. Hua, D. Bhattacharyya

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The use of Cu-S sites for Hg capture from the gas phase has been successfully applied to a silica-based platform using an S4 organic polysulfane and copper sulfate. The maximum fixed-bed equilibrium capacity achieved using these materials was 19 789 μg Hg·g-1 sorbent for a material with 2.5 wt % Cu and 6 wt % S. An optimal S level was determined to be around 3 wt % because enhancement of capacity was only 18% when increasing from this 3 to 6 wt %. The rate of adsorption in pure beds ranged from 0.6 to 1.6 μg Hg·min-1 depending on the inlet concentration. Differences in breakthrough times suggest that material deposition is not uniform. When compared to two other platforms, commercially available Darco HG-LH and previously tested Fe-Cu-S4 nanoaggregates, the Si-1 material performed the best in fixed-bed testing. During entrained-flow testing, a steady-state Hg removal of 82% was achieved using Si-1 at injection rates of both 6 × 10-5 and 1.2 × 10-4 g·L-1·h-1. The lack of increase in Hg removal when the injection rate is doubled suggests that pore accessibility is the rate-controlling step during dynamic Hg capture. A calculation of the approximate pore usage based on injection testing helped confirm this observation. During injection testing, the performance of Si-1 was only diminished 10% when exposed to 20 ppm SO3. This is an encouraging result for flue-gas applications where SO3 levels range from 1 to 40 ppm. Testing demonstrated that Si-1 is stable when exposed to leaching conditions after concrete blending and cement impregnation. This is an important aspect to consider for injection because the sale of fly ash for concrete is a key cost-recovery tool for power plants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2290-2298
Number of pages9
JournalEnergy and Fuels
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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